Strange situation!

posted 3 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
732 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would have called the police honestly. There could be nothing going on, but I wouldn’t want it on me to figure it out. About how old was the boy? It seems really sketchy that his possible father reacted that way and took so long to answer the door. If you see him again, I would definitely call the police instead of taking him right home. Again, it could be nothing but you never know. 

Post # 3
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA

That’s crazy. Calling the police probably would’ve been the first thing I did, personally.

Post # 4
1251 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Police, definitely. Normal people do not act like that…

Post # 5
7601 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I would have called the police. I probably still would, even if it was last night. That’s doesn’t sound like a very good home situation…

Post # 6
1660 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

In a situation like that I would have definitely called the police. Young children (depending on how young they are) are not supposed to be on the streets at night alone and it could be seen as abandonment. 

My mother has worked with children for about 25 years now and I know she would have taken the child into her home and called the police. 

Post # 7
7425 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

I would have called the police .. what if that guy wasn’t his dad? What if that guy had kidnapped him prior to that… or you just handed him off to the neighborhood pedophile?  

My cousin used to let himself out of their house in the middle of the night and walk around the neighborhood. He did this from the time he was 2 until about 5 when he finally learned he got in trouble for doing it and he scared the shit out of his mom everytime. 

Post # 8
9920 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Call child services!  WTF.

Post # 9
277 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

The behaviour is weird but there isn’t really a guide for how to react when someone shows up at your door with your kid late at night. I would probably be so embarrassed that I didn’t realize he had snuck out or something that I probably would’ve done the exact same thing!

I would’ve called the police when my neighbours said the child wasn’t theirs, I wouldn’t feel comfortable handing a child over to anyone when I am not 100% sure they belong with them. I even would’ve called the police to just go and check on the house after the kid was inside. 

If you ever see the kid outside again like that and he doesn’t just go home on his own I would invite him inside and call the police to deal with it.

Post # 11
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

You could have handled that child over to anyone. When the guy opened the door, did the boy look like he recognised him? If I were you I’d call the police now, before that guy takes off with the kid if he is doing anything sketchy.

Post # 12
9920 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

Kacey23:  You should call child services.  Explain what you saw, and give the address.  What will happen is that they will send someone to investigate the situation.  They don’t tell who called.  

Post # 13
4519 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Uhhhh that is wierd. I think I would put in a call to police anyway so they can follow up with this kid and his family. He may have been sleepwalking or have some sort of other problem, but clearly the parents are out to lunch here. Maybe just let the police know what happened and they can check in on the address where the kid was left or something. 

Post # 14
1077 posts
Bumble bee

Kacey23:  what time was the boy outside playing by himself?

Post # 15
1265 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

That’s really bizarre. I’d call the non-emergency police number now just to report it so they have it on record that this guy totally neglected his son.

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